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In summer 2013, a pilot DVD of the episodes in Le Tour de France and some supporting resource materials were made available to schools in North and South Tyneside. This is what the teachers said:

I have recommended Le Tour de France at all my training sessions to teachers in North and South Tyneside schools. I would like it to be in all of my schools.   Jane Dawson, School Improvement Adviser, Primary Languages, North and South Tyneside

I wanted you to know how much my Year 3 children enjoyed the production. We had been following the Tour back in July and held our own Tour at school, cycling away on exercise bikes. The DVD was an enjoyable part of this and the children got a great deal of French vocabulary from it. As a KS2 class teacher and the French Co-ordinator within the school I would strongly recommend this as a resource. Many thanks TSF.     Holystone Primary, Newcastle upon Tyne

I showed this film to the children in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 whilst we were studying the Tour de France at school to concur with the actual cycle race taking place. The children (all ages and all classes!) absolutely loved it! It was great that there were worksheets to go with each episode too. I think the film appealed to all ages in that the 'humour' side of it kept their interest and it was great for them to see that it was actually filmed in France and they were able to recognise lots of the vocabulary used! And they also loved the music used at the tense moments, and, of course, started to shout whenever the 'phantome cycliste' appeared on the screen. Unfortunately, there was not enough class time to show the children all the episodes and, when we returned to school in September, after our six weeks' break, the first thing they asked in their French lessons was "Are we going to watch the Tour de France DVD?" It had that much effect on them!     St Matthew's Primary, Jarrow

 

Praise for TSF's school shows:

The children were enthusiastic and engaged with the show through the positive, fun and welcoming cast and a great story they found easy to understand. A great show!      Teacher, Benton Dene Primary School about La Chanson du Retour